Papillions de Nuit Numbers Down
Fewer people visited the Papillions de Nuit rock festival in Normandy at the weekend with organisers blaming the rainy and cold weather and also the poor economy. Officials said there was between 45,000 and 50,000 visitors over the three days of the festival, less than the 55,000 from 2012.
â€˜The weather didnâ€™t do us any favours and the economic crisis has had an effect despite the fact we tried to keep prices down,â€™ said organiser Patrice Hamelin. He added that the food stalls seemed emptier and this could have been down to people having less money to spend.
Hollande Visit Sees Wedding Moved
A couple from Caen had to change their wedding venue at the last minute to make way for the visit to the city by French President Francois Hollande. Camille Levade and Bruno Herve said that they were not originally told why they had to move the ceremony from the Hotel de Ville and were left feeling puzzled and upset.
They were eventually offered an alternative which Miss Levade thought was much nicer than the original and were also given a bottle of champagne and bouquet of white roses. But there were few uninvited â€˜guestsâ€™ when the photographs were taken; President Hollandeâ€™s security men dressed in black and wearing sunglasses.
New Boat for Chausey Route
A new boat is being introduced for the daily crossings from Granville to the Isles of Chausey this summer. Douce France, operated by ferry company Jolie France, will operate on the 55 minute crossing to the islands which lie off the west Normandy coast.
The arrival of the boat on a trailer earlier this week cause a major road block in the seaside town as it was only able to travel at five kilometres an hour and had to negotiate the roundabouts and narrow streets that lead to the port.
Jersey and Normandy Politians Consults on Projects
Politians in Lower Normandy and Jersey are set to work closely together on a number of major projects including proposals for a marine park in the Bay of St Malo, renewable energy and the promotion of cultural and historical links.
The president of the Manche regional council Laurent Beauvais and Jerseyâ€™s chief minister Ian Gorst have signed a letter of intent to develop a framework for exchanges and cooperation.
William the Conqueror Film
A new film is being made in Normandy about the life of William the Conqueror. Scenes are being filmed in Bayeux Cathedral, Creully castle and the church at Thaon. The documentary/film, directed by Frederic Compain depicts Williamâ€™s preparations for the conquest of England and continues until his death. It is expected to be aired on television next year.